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Cartoon characters, even human ones, [[AnatomyAnomaly aren't always drawn to the exact specifications of real life]]. This is done to give the characters a unique look, or for the sake of simplicity. A common form of LampshadeHanging in animated cartoons is characters pointing out such oddities in their own designs, or the designs of other characters. This usually means BreakingTheFourthWall, though it's possible for an example to merely [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall lean]] on it.

FourthWallPortrait is a SubTrope.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In an early chapter of ''Manga/DoctorSlump'', someone points out that [[RobotGirl Arale]] has no nostrils, and Senbei protests "Neither do I! This is a manga, for crying out loud!"
** In a different chapter, as one female character disguises herself as another, the narrative captions lament that the plan is foolproof because Creator/AkiraToriyama [[OnlySixFaces can only draw one female face]].
* A similar gag occurs during the first TournamentArc in ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}''. Krillin battles an unwashed bruiser named Bacterian, and is nearly overcome by the brute's body odor. Then Goku points out that Krillin doesn't have a nose, and Krillin somehow becomes immune to the smell. This is then later ignored, as Krillin [[SuddenAnatomy gains nostrils]] for flinging boogers then sniffing a diamond that came out of Bulma's panties (don't ask).
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'''s I-Pin suffers from terrible nearsightedness. When asked why she doesn't wear glasses, she points out that she doesn't have any ears.
** She ''does'' have ears ten years later.
* In ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'', there are several gags about how Mesousa has trouble doing things because he has no fingers.
* In one episode of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'', Team Rocket gets sprayed by the foul-smelling spores produced by a Gloom, and Meowth realizes he shouldn't be affected because "The cartoonists never gave me a nose!" His Team Rocket teammates aren't so lucky.
* After causing a CosmeticCatastrophe to herself with some lipstick, [[Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume Squid Girl]] mentions having a hard time telling where lips start or end--a good question consider the show's art style doesn't normally draw lips.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A short gag of Comicbook/TheSmurfs has a Smurf sad due to having a big nose. Another Smurf points out that his nose is just like any other Smurf's nose. The sad Smurf only says "precisely", which causes the other Smurf to get sad too.
* In ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'', Smudge once "revealed" that he wears a pantyhose colored just like his skin, and that's why he doesn't appear to have any toes.

* In ''Film/FatAlbert'', Dumb Donald tells another character that he can't take off his hat, which he wears as if it were a ski mask, because the animators never drew his whole face.

* In a rare live action example, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4qmXTILkoM#t=07m18s this hilarious interview]] [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]] notes his lack of a forehead.

* In one ''ComicStrip/SpeedBump'' strip (by Dave Coverly), a man in a doctor's office learns why he has vision issues- it's because his eyes are ''just little spots!''
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1990/08/06 Hobbes asks Calvin why he doesn't wear shorts in hot weather.]] Because Calvin is drawn with such short legs, he angrily answers, "Short pants touch my feet, okay?!"
** In an in-universe example, Calvin [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1989/06/17 turns into one of his own drawings]] and wonders out loud whether he has feet or wheels.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip Lucy asks Charlie Brown if she has beautiful eyes, and he replies "I think you have very nice eyes. They sort of look like two round dots of India ink."
* In [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2010/01/01102010/ this]] ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip, Peter tells Jason his snowman looks weird because the nose is in the wrong place. Jason moves the carrot so that it is sticking out of the side of the snowman's head, level with his eyes - in keeping with Bill Amend's drawing style for the human cast of the strip.

* Video game (actually, a video game StrategyGuide) example: The official Nintendo strategy guide for ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', upon finishing its explanation of Peach's (who, in the game, has no visible nose) abilities, says the following;
-->"All in all, Peach is quite a handy girl to have around - despite the fact that she has no nose."
* A character in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' has a Mohawk that looks like an exclamation point from behind. When he is first seen from behind, the series trademark '''!''' sound plays.
** Snake's "[=MGS1=]" [=FaceCamo=] is a mask that looks like Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. By which we mean pixels, low poly count, and all.
** While it's not art related, characters often comment on the limitations of the game, like Snake mentioning in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' that he can't walk slowly and Big Boss telling The Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' that he has no sense of smell.
* ''Fantasy World Dizzy'' has the "KNOCK AND ENTER!" "That's easier said than done when you're wearing boxing gloves" gag. Which, of course means you have to find a door knocker somewhere...
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': The game has several nods to the fact that it's set within the world of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', from the name of "Boom Town" being written using LeetLingo to the in-universe term for "criminal" being "{{griefer}}" to blocks floating in mid-air.
** [[spoiler: When the Sky City is abandoned in Episode 5, Jesse advises the inhabitants to start punching trees as the first thing they should do.]]
* In ''VideoGame/LEGODimensions'', the black-suited version of Franchise/{{Batman}} from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' alludes to the fact that the characters from that world [[GenreThrowback retain their stop motion style movement from the film]] while every other character moves their limbs freely thanks to being in 3D.

* Done too many times to count in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. Strong Bad has received countless e-mails asking "How do you type with boxing gloves on?", and there have been a few jokes about how some characters (like Homestar, Marzipan, and the King of Town) have no visible arms, yet are still able to manipulate objects.
** It doesn't hurt that this is done so perplexingly and LampShaded so often that The Homestar Runner Wiki has a running list of evidence for/against said characters having arms/legs or not that rivals your average JFK conspiracy list.
** One of the most awesome examples has to be sbemail "[[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/the_bird the bird]]," which is about various characters flipping each other off. ''Zero'' of the characters involved have visible fingers.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': This is what most of the Self Deprecation jokes amount to.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' occasionally makes reference to the characters not having noses, including [[FourthWallPortrait one police sketch artist being fired for including noses in a more realistic picture of two characters]].
** Also, in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0198.html this]] comic Elan mentioned the art upgrade, while Haley tells him "We're supposed to pretend we were always drawn this way."
** Also, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0537.html drawing]] X eyes with eyeliner to feign death.
** Another strip has a Shadow Dancer need to have it explained to him that stick figure comics have no shadows.
*** Subverted a few pages later when an explosion casts dramatic lighting on the scene... "Look! Shadows!"
** Roy once mentioned that he always forgets whether the "big boot" (i.e. the one closest to the audience's P.O.V.) goes on the left or the right.
*** Similarly, Celia once mentioned that she can't draw people well because she always draws their eyes the same size (the one closest to the audience appears bigger).
** It has been mentioned that Haley always has [[CheatedAngle a stray hair on the side of her face facing the audience]].
** Haley also once mentioned that after paying her father's ransom she planned to give herself a "three-finger discount".
** In the attack on Azure City, Redcloak [[ShellGame creates Xykon decoys to confuse the defenders]]. When the Monster in the Darkness asks how he got them to look ''exactly'' like Xykon, he bluntly says he didn't. "They're human skeletons. I put a blue robe on them and called it a night." The only one that's at all visually distinct from the real Xykon is the Eye of Fear and Flame, which has a constant wide-eyed fear expression.
* The FourthWallPortrait variety appears in [[https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20080316022545/http://www.itswalky.com/d/20080202.html this]] ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' strip.
-->'''Walky:''' My art teacher wants me to stop making up anatomy that doesn't exist.
-->'''Joyce:''' Were you drawing lips again?
** As that statement implies, [[https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20080111143313/http://itswalky.com:80/d/20000924.html that wasn't the first time]].
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', one character asked the doctor if her breasts were real, to which she replied that they were just the product of the cartoonist's puerile imagination.
-->'''Narrator''': She's not really a 38-Triple-D. She's [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit just drawn that way.]]
* An ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip featuring one of the stick figures talking to A. Square from ''Literature/{{Flatland}}'' has the AltText refer to "the time I entered your world and everyone freaked about the lesbian orgy overseen by a priest" (in Flatland, women are lines and priests are circles).
* Characters' standing pose in ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' have no visible arms. [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Arms Commanding them to 'retrieve arms' from the environment is a Running Gag.]]
** ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003315 "Suddenly a powerful aroma hits your]] [[TheNoseless nonexistent nostrils."]]
* In ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'', Roy tries to help Captain Falcon remember who he is after being gone so long.
--> '''Roy:''' ''Aw, you know me! I had my own game? [[VideoGame/FireEmblemSwordOfSeals Sword of Seals]], blah blah blah? My hair points to the left [[CheatedAngle no matter what direction I'm facing?]]''

* Many cartoon characters are drawn with only [[FourFingeredHands three fingers and a thumb on each hand]], both as a timesaving measure and because drawing and animating a five-fingered hand is difficult for many animators. In series where human characters live side-by-side with "toons", the humans are typically drawn with five fingers and the toons with four.
** One usual subversion is piano playing. Both [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Tom]] and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[SuddenAnatomy suddenly have five fingers]] in close up shots of them playing.
** This was even used as a ''plot point'' in the WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} pilot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** When Homer's father dates Marge's mother, he thinks them marrying would [[TangledFamilyTree make him and Marge brother and sister]] and their children would be [[HumansAreUgly "horrible freaks, with pink skin, no overbites, and five fingers on each hand".]] This scenario is even illustrated (as a part of Homer's imagination). [[UncannyValley It's terrifying.]]
** Another episode has Lisa show Bart a magazine that hypothesizes that humans will eventually evolve a fifth finger. Bart reacts to this idea with disgust.
** God always has 5 fingers when appearing on the show.
** Homer once used Bart and Lisa's hair to scratch himself.
** In one episode Bart, Lisa and Maggie notice that [[http://imgur.com/DNVDw they can't tell where their hair stops and head begins]]. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation They take it]] badly.
** The subplot of "In Marge We Trust" is Homer trying to find out why there's a Japanese dish-washing detergent mascot named "Mr. Sparkle" that looks identical to him. The company sends him a video explaining Mr. Sparkle's look comes from [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110221234538/simpsons/images/4/41/Mr._Sparkle_concept.jpg putting a cartoon fish face on a light bulb]], because they're a joint venture of two companies that deal with those products.
-->'''Bart:''' There's your answer, fishbulb.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' also referenced Groening's SignatureStyle with Bender, where his (non-visible) overbite once caught on his neck hole when he was sinking down into his torso.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'':
** In one episode, Mandy complains about the stench produced by a stink-bomb Billy made, and Billy retorts "How can you tell? You don't even have a nose!" In another episode, a "[[{{Whatevermancy}} Nasalmancer]]" steals Billy's nose; when Billy discovers vicariously that his nose is fairly grotesque in its habits, Mandy pointedly remarks that this is why she does not have one.
** Not to mention the episode with the talking Taking Tree, where he countered Mandy's insulting observations with "Well, why don't you have a nose?", with her {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing the scenario with her retort: "Yeah, like I've never heard that one before."
** And lampshading its ArtEvolution, a flashback to the pilot episode is criticized by Grim as, "That didn't even look like us!"
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls are normally drawn without fingers. In the FreakyFriday episode "Criss Cross Crisis", Buttercup, now in Professor Utonium's body, has difficulty picking up the hotline phone's receiver, apparently thinking it would just stick to her hand as usual, and she exclaims "Professor! Your hand doesn't work!"
** Cartoon Network used to have a Cartoon Cartoon Fridays block, in which various characters from the shows would introduce the cartoons. In one of these segments, Mojo Jojo starts berating the Powerpuff Girls for not having fingers. "What are they beating me with? Flippers?" In another, Blossom ends her spiel by saying "I'll keep my fingers crossed!... if I had fingers."
** The comic book story "Amoeba Las Vegas" (issue #23) involves the girls playing rock-paper-scissors with the Amoeba Boys. After revealing their moves, Blossom points out that Bubbles is showing rock, with the response "I am? I am!" (The Amoeba Boys played scissors, by spitting out an actual pair of scissors onto the table.) Whether Bubbles had "rock" or not is up for debate but the Amoeba Boys were stupid enough to buy it.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter removes his own chin and sticks it in his pants after mistaking it for his testicles. In another episode the FCC, who have now begun censoring RealLife, consider censoring Peter's chin because it "kind of looks like balls."
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has a hard time deciding whether or not Patrick has a nose. Or ears, for that matter. Or fingernails. It also becomes a plot point in one episode, where Patrick gets a nose through plastic surgery and after discovering everything stinks he becomes obsessed with cleaning the world.
* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon series had Jim and Peter Puppy traveling to a planet of reeking beasts. As Jim comments on the creatures' powerful odor, Peter wails, "You think ''you've'' got it bad, you don't even have a nose!"
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode where Bev gets a nose in a plastic surgery mishap and realizes her husband, Ed, stinks.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' does this a few times.
** When the boys joined a cult that made them shave their heads and wear the same outfit, [[OnlySixFaces they couldn't tell each other apart]] (except for Cartman because of his extra weight). Stan actually switched sides in the middle of an argument because he started to think he was Kyle. Another set of episodes uses this to keep Mysterion's identity secret to the audience even though his full face is revealed.
** A stranger example happens with Terrence and Phillip. They have a weird art style, but since they're from a ShowWithinAShow it originally seemed to just be a case of StylisticSuck. Later, however, the creators decided this actually was because they're Canadian, and afterward other Canadian characters are drawn the same way (and Ike, who was already drawn that way, was revealed to be Canadian-American).
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' frequently pokes fun at its own art direction, with the implication that the characters are not stylized, but really are supposed to look exactly the way they're drawn. A prime example coming from Ed figuring out that Eddy's head in profile is the basis for a treasure map, with the little indented "x" on Eddy's ear marking the spot where the treasure is buried.
* Zorak once did a rap number on ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet'' hanging a lampshade on the fact that he frequently switches shades of green as a result of his artwork being recycled from the original ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' show:
-->"I'm green; I'm olive; I'm chartreuse; I'd like to stay one color, but what's the use?"
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** The show has made more than a few jokes about Candace's absurdly long neck, such as her being the only one that can wear a dress with a very high collar and a FantasticVoyagePlot taking longer to get through that particular area.
** Then there's Perry grabbing Doofensmirtz's nose to pop the bubble they were trapped in to which Doofenshmirtz asks, "Is my nose really that pointy?"
** There's also Doofenshmirtz questioning how Major Monogram's sunglasses manage to sit perfectly on one side of his face (the side facing the camera), and yet are perfectly normal when removed.
* The characters of ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' have no arms or hands, but are still able to function as if they did. Lampshaded at least once: Everyone bursts into applause, and then someone looks around, puzzled "How are we clapping?"
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' frequently lampshades the characters' abnormally large heads.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', Buhdeuce denies looking like a frog, referencing viewers' claims that the main characters look more like frogs than ducks.
* There have been multiple jokes in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' that Mr. Crocker's ears are apparently on his neck. In his origin episode they're even depicted moving from his head to his neck as part of his transformation into the hunchbacked nutjob everyone loathes. In one episode where he's briefly cured of his fairy obsession his ear moves back to his head, then to his neck again when Timmy turns him back to normal.
** Cosmo's hair once got caught in Wanda's hair swirl, to his consternation.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch does a parody of ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' with Franchise/{{Barbie}}, Franchise/{{Bratz}} and Toys/MonsterHigh, and during it makes an allusion to the size of the Bratz characters' heads when it's revealed that it's caused by them having encephalitis, which causes Chloe's [[YourHeadASplode head to explode]] when her medication is stolen. Later, it alludes to the size of their lips:
-->'''Jade:''' (after having the fat sucked out of her lips with a syringe) What did you do to me?\\
'''Mysterious Woman:''' I extracted every ounce of ass fat from that wang warmer you call a mouth.\\
'''Jade:''' (lips now comically shrunken) No, my lips!\\
'''Mysterious Woman:''' Oh, actually, you look way better, like... a real human girl.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** In "Historical Friction," an actor portraying Pearl wore a pointed birthday cone-hat over his face to represent Pearl's oversized triangular nose.
** When Steven makes himself look older in "So Many Birthdays", Amethyst points out that [[NoNeckChump he finally has a visible neck]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** In Episode 55, Stumpy and Quack Quack try to attack [[HarmlessVillain Olaf]] with smelly gas. It doesn't work, since Olaf doesn't ''have'' a nose to smell it with.
** In the episode "Let's Play Guess Who", Quack Quack [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/kaeloo/images/e/ec/Stumpyshead.png/revision/latest?cb=20170320050933 squashes his head into a bizarre, bean-like shape and makes his eyes bug out from the side of his head]] while imitating Stumpy.
** In another episode, when the gang are playing Truth or Dare, Stumpy asks Pretty the rabbit why one of her ears is shorter than the other one as a "truth" question.
** In Episode 108, Kaeloo informs the others that disturbing news "has reached [her] ears, even though [she doesn't] have ears".
* In the 2012 ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' cartoon, Raphael complains that sitting around "with our thumbs up our noses" isn't getting anything done. Michaelangelo looks at his blocky, enormous thumbs compared with his apparent total lack of nostrils and says, "...I don't think they'd fit."